Security Experts

Our international team of security experts and developers work round-the-clock gathering information, evaluating new threats and designing new utilities for in-house and customer use. Over a decade of expertise ensures rapid responses to new threats, providing users with virus removal tools and information to pro-actively combat threats.

Leading Analysts

  • Eugene Kaspersky

    Eugene Kaspersky

    Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Kaspersky Lab

    Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene’s specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted virus, understand its behavior, and develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, Eugene’s curiosity and passion for computer technology drove him to start analyzing more malicious programs and developing disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection of antivirus modules would eventually become the foundation for Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus database. Today the database is one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, protecting systems from more than 100 million malicious programs.

    In 1990 Eugene started gathering a team of like-minded enthusiast researchers to create the AVP Toolkit Pro antivirus program, which was recognized by the University of Hamburg in 1994 as the most effective antivirus software in the world.

    Eugene and his colleagues then decided to establish their own independent company. In 1997 Kaspersky Lab was founded, with Eugene heading the company’s antivirus research. In 2007 he was named Kaspersky Lab’s CEO.

    Today Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately-held vendor of endpoint protection, operating in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company employs approximately 3,000 professionals and IT security specialists in dedicated regional offices across 30 countries and its cybersecurity technologies protect over 300 million users worldwide.

    Eugene has earned a number of international awards for his technological, scientific and entrepreneurial achievements. He was voted the World’s Most Powerful Security Exec by SYS-CON Media in 2011, awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Plymouth University in 2012, and named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 2012 Top Global Thinkers for his contribution to IT security awareness on a global scale.

Global Research and Analysis Team

Established in 2008, the Global Research and Analysis Team is an integral part of the R&D department of Kaspersky Lab and provides leadership in anti-threat intelligence, research and innovation, internally and externally.

The team supports global and local PR and marketing efforts and conducts incident response during malware-related incidents. Key departmental responsibilities include thought leadership in threat intelligence, driving and executing initiatives around improving malware detection accuracy rates and efficiency, as well as pre- and post-sales support of key customer accounts from the point of malware intelligence expertise.

  • Costin Raiu

    Costin Raiu

    Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Costin joined Kaspersky Lab in 2000 as a leading Antivirus Researcher. Prior to becoming Director of the Global Research & Analysis Team in 2010, Costin was Head of the Romanian R&D group, overseeing research efforts in the EEMEA region. Costin specializes in malicious websites, browser security and exploits, e-banking malware, enterprise-level security and Web 2.0 threats. Costin also has a particular interest in encryption and advanced mathematics. Costin is based in Romania.

    Costin has extensive experience in antivirus technologies and security research. He is a member of the Virus Bulletin Technical Advisory Board and a reporter for the Wildlist Organization International. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Costin worked for GeCad as one of their Chief Researchers and as a Data Security Expert with the RAV antivirus developers group.

  • Sergey Novikov

    Sergey Novikov

    Deputy Director, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Sergey joined Kaspersky Lab in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Director for the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in March 2013. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Sergey was the Head of the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in the EEMEA region.

    Sergey is responsible managing the department’s operational activities in addition organizing Kaspersky Lab’s annual Security Analyst Summit. Each year the summit brings the world’s best IT security experts together to collaborate and exchange research alongside international organizations, law enforcement agencies and technology companies.

    Sergey has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow State University of Railway Engineering and holds a postgraduate degree in IT Security. He is based in Moscow.

  • Aleks Gostev

    Aleks Gostev

    Chief Security Expert, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Aleks founded and led the Global Research & Analysis Team from 2008 before moving to his current position as Chief Security Expert with the team in 2010. Aleks analyzes all aspects of information security, with a focus on new threats and mobile malware. His responsibilities include detecting and analyzing new malware. His research and analytical articles are published both on dedicated IT sites and in the mass media. He has been with the company since 2002 and is based in Moscow.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Aleks worked as CTO for KomiSat and before that as Manager of the ISP department at Komitex and as a Systems Administrator for SMZ. In 1996, Aleks founded the Republic of Komi Antivirus Center and in 1998, he acted as Project Coordinator for the Wildlist Russia Project, an initiative which was launched with the aim of collecting and analyzing information about malware outbreaks in the Russian Federation.

  • Marco Preuss

    Marco Preuss

    Director, Europe, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Marco was appointed Director of Europe for the company’s Global Research & Analysis Team in March 2013. Prior to becoming Director of Europe, Marco served as the Head of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team in Germany.

    Marco brings more than 13 years of IT security experience to his role and is responsible for managing the threat landscape in Europe while specializing in web and social networking threats and Apple OS security. Apart from research, Marco is responsible for maintaining close contact with independent testers and security partners.

    Marco began his career with Kaspersky Lab back in 2004 as a Technical Consultant, providing expert knowledge on Linux and Unix-based systems. He has also been involved in corporate sales management, before moving on to become the technical contact for the OEM department, supporting customized solutions. Marco has participated in the development of web-based services and systems for the Marketing and Retail Sales departments and has worked extensively with the Company’s product design teams. Marco joined the research team as a Virus Analyst in 2009.

  • David Emm

    David Emm

    Senior Regional Researcher, UK, Global Research & Analysis Team

    David has been with Kaspersky Lab since 2004. In his role as Senior Technology Consultant David presented information on malware and other IT threats at exhibitions and events, and provided comment to both broadcast and print media. He also provided information on Kaspersky Lab products and technologies. He was promoted to his current position in 2008. David has a particular interest in the malware ecosystem, ID theft, and Kaspersky Lab technologies, and he conceived and developed the company’s Malware Defence Workshop.

    David has worked in the anti-virus industry since 1990 in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab David worked as Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager at McAfee; and before that as Technical Support Manager and Senior Technology Consultant at Dr Solomon’s Software.

  • Christian Funk

    Christian Funk

    Senior Virus Analyst, Global Research & Analysis Team

    As a Senior Virus Analyst, Christian specializes in malware trends, mobile threats, gaming fraud and underground economy. He speaks regularly at IT exhibitions and security events around the globe and is often asked for his insight and expertise by the media.

    Christian joined Kaspersky Lab in 2007 and became a Junior Malware Analyst the following year, joining the Global Research and Analysis Team. He has a degree in Computer Technologies with core area information management from the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, where he graduated in 2008.

  • Nicolas Brulez

    Nicolas Brulez

    Principal Malware Researcher - Global Research and Analysis Team

    Nicolas joined Kaspersky Lab as a senior malware researcher in 2009. His responsibilities include analyzing malware and carrying out security research.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Nicolas worked as a senior virus researcher for Websense Security Labs and Digital River/Silicon Realms. He is also known for his work on the Software Passport/Armadillo protection system. Here, he served as head of software security and was in charge of the anti-reverse engineering techniques used in the system.

    Over the last 15 years, Nicolas has authored numerous articles and papers on reverse engineering. He is a regular speaker at computer engineering schools and international security conferences.

  • David Jacoby

    David Jacoby

    Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team

    David joined Kaspersky Lab in 2010 as a senior security researcher for the Nordic region. From his base in Stockholm, Sweden, he is also responsible for technical PR activities for the same region and also for Benelux, where he acts as a technical spokesperson.

    David has a passion for researching vulnerabilities and threats. His research often focuses on identifying vulnerabilities and threats in not only enterprise environments but also identifying social and psychological threats in, for example, social media. He also has a true passion for alternative operating systems such as UNIX, Linux, BSD etc.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, David worked in vulnerability research and vulnerability management. He was a senior security researcher, advisor and consultant at TrueSec AB. Before joining TrueSec AB in 2008, David worked for seven years at Outpost24, starting out as chief researcher and rising to vice president for customer experience by the time he left the company.

  • Vicente Diaz

    Vicente Diaz

    Senior Malware Analyst, Spain, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Vicente joined Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team in November 2010. He specializes in research on malware and fraud in the European region, including banking Trojans, social networking threats, cybercriminal ‘partner networks’ and mobile malware, as well as leading technical research projects and providing expert customer support.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Vicente worked as a Software Developer for IT&C and Actaris, after which he took up a research position at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He then entered the field of IT security, working for a number of leading companies for more than 5 years. Vicente is the author of several software tools and is active on the conference circuit, both as an organizer and speaker. He is a member of the advisory board of Source Conference and a cofounder of Edge –Security, a security group dedicated to research and organizing non-profit events such as FIST conferences.

  • Ryan Naraine

    Ryan Naraine

    Head of Global Research & Analysis Team, USA

    Ryan joined the company in 2008 as a Security Evangelist. In March 2013, he was appointed the Head of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team in the United States.

    Ryan has extensive experience in computer security user education. He specializes in operating system and third-party application vulnerabilities, zero-day attacks, social engineering and social networking threats, and issues related to responsible vulnerability disclosure.

    He has monitored security and hacker attack trends for over 10 years, writing for eWEEK magazine and ZDNet‘s Zero Day blog. Before joining Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team, Ryan created and managed, Kaspersky Lab‘s security news service.

  • Roel Schouwenberg

    Roel Schouwenberg

    Senior Researcher, Americas, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Roel joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 as a Senior Research Engineer for the Benelux region. Since 2008, Roel has worked as a Senior Researcher in North America where he is responsible for both monitoring the regional malware situation and in-depth analysis of cyber incidents. Roel focuses on targeted attacks - including those used in cyber warfare - and proactive technologies. In addition, Roel also investigates new platforms and technologies.

    Roel is a regular presenter at industry conferences. He is also a founding member of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), currently sitting on its board of directors.

  • Kurt Baumgartner

    Kurt Baumgartner

    Senior Security Researcher, Americas, Global Research and Analysis Team

    Kurt joined Kaspersky Lab in 2010 and is responsible for monitoring the malware landscape across the Americas and enhancing Kaspersky Lab technologies and solutions.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Kurt was VP of Behavioral Threat Research at Symantec – PC Tools ThreatFire. Originally joining ThreatFire as a start-up in 2005 as their sole researcher, he built up and led their research efforts through two successful acquisitions. Before Symantec, Kurt was Chief Threat Officer at Novatix and a Threat Analyst at SonicWALL. He is an active blogger and regularly presents on malware issues at international conferences and speaks to interested media.

  • Dmitry Bestuzhev

    Dmitry Bestuzhev

    Head, Global Research and Analysis Team, Latin America

    Dmitry was appointed Head of Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team for Latin America in 2010 and oversees the anti-malware development work of the company’s experts in the region.

    Dmitry joined Kaspersky Lab in 2007 as a Malware Analyst and was responsible for monitoring the local threat landscape and providing preliminary analyses, before going on to become Senior Regional Researcher for the Latin American region in 2008. In addition to overseeing anti-malware development work, Dmitry’s current role also includes producing reports and forecasts for the region and he is much in demand by the media for comment and interview. Dmitry’s wide field of expertise covers everything from online fraud through to the use of social networking sites by cybercriminals and corporate security. Additionally, Dmitry participates in various educational initiatives throughout Latin America.

    Dmitry has over 11-years experience in IT security across a wide variety of roles and is currently based in Ecuador.

  • Fabio Assolini

    Fabio Assolini

    Senior Security Researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team, Latin America

    Fabio Assolini joined Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), which boasts the industry’s top analysts, in July 2009 to primarily focus on one of the most dynamic countries in Latin America: Brazil. Fabio’s responsibilities include the analysis of virus, cyber attacks, banking trojans and other types of malware that originate from Brazil and the rest of the region. He particularly focuses on the research and detection of banking trojans. In November 2012, he was promoted to senior security researcher.

    Since 2006, Fabio has been a voluntary member of the security community Linha Defensiva (Defensive Line), a non-government organization. In addition, he is a member of the Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals (ASAP), a network of NGOs, professionals and individuals dedicated to providing security related support to end users. Fabio has more than five years of experience as a malware analyst and possesses a university degree in Computer Science.

  • Stefan Tanase

    Stefan Tanase

    Senior Security Researcher, EEMEA, Global Research & Analysis Team

    Stefan joined Kaspersky Lab in 2007 as a regional researcher. He is based in Romania and is responsible for monitoring the local threat landscape. He specializes in web security, malware 2.0, and threats which target Internet banking systems, including phishing. Stefan was appointed Senior Security Researcher in 2009.

    Stefan is involved in several innovative research projects, ranging from malware databases or honeypots to web crawlers. He is a regular speaker at major international security conferences, including Virus Bulletin, RSA and AVAR.

  • Sergey Golovanov

    Sergey Golovanov

    Malware Expert, EEMEA, Global Research and Analysis Team

    Sergey started his career at Kaspersky Lab in 2005, joining the company as a Virus Analyst before going on to become Head of the Non-Intel Research Group. He conducts research into data mining and threats that target online games and social networking sites, as well as the technologies and methods used by virus writers and cybercriminal groups. Sergey was appointed Malware Expert for the Russian Research Center in 2009 and is based in Moscow.

    Sergey is currently a PhD student and in his spare time, teaches a course on securing computer networks. Prior to joining the Company, he worked at the Moscow Centre for Scientific and Technical Information.

  • Vitaly Kamluk

    Vitaly Kamluk

    Chief Malware Expert, Russian Global Research & Analysis Team

    Vitaly joined Kaspersky Lab in 2005 as an Infrastructure Services Developer for the Antivirus lab. In 2008, he was appointed to the position of Senior Antivirus Expert before becoming Director of the EEMEA Research Center in 2009. In 2010, Vitaly spent working in Japan as a Chief Malware Expert, leading a group of local researchers. He specializes in threats focusing on global network infrastructures, malware reverse engineering and cybercrime investigations.

    Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Vitaly worked as a software developer and system administrator.

    Vitaly is a graduate of the Belarussian State University.

  • Michael Molsner

    Michael Molsner

    Regional Researcher, Japan

    Michael joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 and currently leads the IT Security Lab of the Japanese branch of the company. He is responsible for monitoring the local threat landscape and also specialized in Anti-Phishing activities, including the discovery of accompanying data like exploits, backdoors, bots, malware and phish-kits. Before joining Kaspersky Lab, he worked in different roles in the IT field since 1997.

Global Product and Technology Intelligence

  • Vladimir Zapolyansky

    Vladimir Zapolyansky

    Head, Global Product & Technology Intelligence

    Vladimir is Director of the Global Product & Technology Intelligence unit. He is responsible for creating and differentiating product and technology messaging, developing product and technology training and certification and maintaining the company’s positioning as a technological leader.

    Vladimir joined Kaspersky Lab in April 2009 as Head of Independent Software Vendor Relationships, a role that saw him take charge of the company’s whitelisting global technology partnership programs and communications with third-party software vendors. He was later made responsible for the positioning of Kaspersky’s Whitelist and Application Control technologies and related independent testing. In 2012 Vladimir became Deputy Director of the Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) overseeing the creation of global technology messaging and technology positioning.

    Vladimir has a wealth of experience in IT. He began his career at Siemens in 2001 specializing in large new-generation VOIP soft-switches, media gateways and IP backbones. He then worked at Nokia Siemens Networks as Head of the Project Management department where he was in charge of managing regional and global IT projects.

    Vladimir holds an engineering degree from the Moscow State University of Telecommunication and Informatics.

Threat Research

  • Nikita Shvetsov

    Nikita Shvetsov

    Vice-President, Threat Research Unit

    Nikita is responsible for defining and driving the strategic direction of Kaspersky Lab’s threat prevention technologies such as anti-malware, content filtering, DLP, hosted & streaming technology.

    Nikita joined Kaspersky Lab in 2004 as a virus analyst and in 2006 became a senior developer working on emulators for the heuristic engine. Prior to becoming Vice-President of Threat Research, Nikita served as Director of the Anti-Malware Research Unit. In this role he was in charge of developing and implementing strategies to protect users from malware, as well as coordinating work with independent test labs.

    Under Nikita’s leadership, in 2011 Kaspersky Lab received one of the most prestigious awards in the industry – ‘Product of the Year’ from the AV-Comparatives independent test lab.

    Prior to joining the company, Nikita was a developer for software copy protection at StarForce Technologies.

    Nikita has a degree in Computing Science from the Moscow State University of Electronics and Mathematics.

Data Loss Prevention Research

  • Valery Boronin

    Valery Boronin

    Director, DLP Unit

    Valery joined Kaspersky Lab in September 2009 as Director of the Data Loss Prevention Research Unit, a role that sees him drive research into DLP, encryption and other data protection technologies.

    Valery brings a wealth of experience to his role, having worked in a number of senior management and key technical positions at various IT companies and acting as an independent consultant for several startups.

    Valery has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Novosibirsk State University.

Data, Streaming & Filtering Research

  • Darya Gudkova

    Darya Gudkova

    Head of Content Analysis & Research

    Darya joined Kaspersky Lab in 2006 as a Spam Analyst, before rising to the position of Head of the Spam Analysts Group. In 2010, Darya became Head of Content Analysis & Research and is responsible for providing information regarding the current spam landscape, as well as future trends in spam and mass mailing techniques. She also writes regular reports on spam evolution.

    Darya is a graduate of the Moscow State Linguistic University where she specialized in theoretical and applied linguistics.

Anti-Malware Research

  • Oleg Ishanov

    Oleg Ishanov

    Director, Anti-Malware Research Unit

    Oleg has headed the Anti-Malware Research Unit since early 2012. His responsibilities include developing Kaspersky Lab’s entire spectrum of antivirus technologies, maintaining the highest levels of user protection and keeping the company among the top performers in independent antivirus testing.

    Oleg joined the company as a virus analyst straight from university, specializing in the analysis of malicious programs for non-Windows and non-Intel platforms as well as malware in document file formats. In 2009 he headed the group responsible for the automation of the Virus Lab’s internal processes, driving the development of systems to automatically analyze and detect new malicious software.

    Oleg graduated in 2007 from the Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics Department of the Moscow State University.

  • Denis Nazarov

    Denis Nazarov

    Head of Anti-Malware Research, USA

    In 2010, Denis was named Head of Anti-Malware Research, USA, and is currently based in the United States. Denis specializes in detection techniques, particularly for polymorphic viruses, detection tests, and proactive technologies.

    He joined Kaspersky Lab in 2003 as a virus analyst, becoming a senior virus analyst two years later. He was made head of the Heuristic Detection Group in 2007, and then head of the Anti-Malware Team in 2009.

    After graduating from Moscow State University, Denis worked as a system programmer in a number of major Russian companies.

  • Mikhail Pavlyushchik

    Mikhail Pavlyushchik

    Security Expert, Anti-Malware Research, USA

    Mikhail rejoined Kaspersky Lab in 2010 as a Security Expert, with a place on the Company’s Scientific Board. It is his second stint at the Company, which he initially joined in 1999 as a virus analyst before rising to the position of senior antivirus research engineer.

    Mikhail left the Company in 2008 to take up the position of Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft where he was responsible for developing a search index platform for use online and by multimedia.

    Mikhail has nearly two decades of experience in IT security. His expertise includes system programming, real-time data processing, multithreaded programming, synchronization, interprocess communication, secure programming techniques, and TCP/IP environments with a focus on computer security. Mikhail has invented several key antivirus technologies which are currently used in Kaspersky Lab’s products. Mikhail is based in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Oleg Zaitsev

    Oleg Zaitsev

    Lead Technical Specialist, Complex Threat Analysis Group

    Oleg has been working for Kaspersky Lab since 2007, when he joined the company as a developer in the Complex Threat Analysis Group. He was promoted to Lead Technical Specialist in November 2008, and is responsible for research into new detection and disinfection technologies, investigating and disinfecting remote systems, and analyzing malicious program behaviour.

    Oleg graduated from Moscow Energy Institute and combines his work with Kaspersky Lab with work at Smolenskenergo, a major Russian energy company.

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